The JBC Network is designed to benefit communities that offer Jewish book programs and the authors of Jewish-interest books. The JBC Network—with over 100 member organizations across North America, including JCCs, synagogues, Hillels, Jewish Federations, and cultural centers—gives approximately 200 authors a platform for sharing their books each year. The program connects authors with their readers and promotes Jewish culture through Jewish book events.
For authors, this is an opportunity to present current books of Jewish interest and make the connections necessary to garner invitations to communities around North America. For program directors, JBC Network provides a wide selection of interesting authors who will present book programs for no honorarium.Each spring, the Jewish Book Council sponsors a conference for the professional representatives of JBC Network member sites and their lay committee members. More than 150 attendees gather to learn about the newest Jewish-interest books, discuss innovative ideas for book programming, hash out the nuts and bolts of running successful programs, and meet JBC Network authors. Following the annual conference, Jewish Book Council staff acts on the specific requests of JBC Network members and plans tours for requested authors.
Did you know?:
- The Jewish Book Council originally formed the JBC Network in 1999 to serve as a central address for Jewish organizations that present book or author programs.
- Because of its popularity, the number of participating authors has quadrupled over the past eight years, from approximately 50 authors each year to over 200. Since its creation, the JBC Network has worked with over 1,300 authors.
- Past JBC Network author include: Nathan Englander, Samuel G. Freedman, Jonathan Safran Foer, Myla Goldberg, Ari L. Goldman, Dara Horn, Dr. Eric Kandel, Nicole Krauss, Rabbi Harold Kushner, Aaron Lansky, Daniel Libeskind, Naomi Ragen, Ambassador Dennis Ross, Darin Strauss, Shawn Green, and Dr. Jonathan Sarna.
- For the 2012-2013 season, over 700 events have been scheduled through the JBC Network.
- JBC Network authors are skilled in the art of the elevator pitch—each gets only 2 minutes to present his or her book at the annual JBC Network conference.
- In 2007, The New York Times referred to the JBC Network "Meet the Author" events as “a combination of “The Gong Show” and speed-dating."